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Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships

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The Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program is nurturing a new generation of responsible journalists. This prestigious year-long program awards $75,000 full-time fellowships and $35,000 part-time fellowships for writing projects committed to advancing constitutional principles, a democratic society and a vibrant free-enterprise system. There are also Alumni Fund Fellowships funded by donations from former and current Novak Fellows. Alumni Fund Fellowship winners write one magazine-length article on their topic.

Novak award recipients are announced each May at the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. More than 250 prominent journalists and guests attend this annual event to celebrate the best in American journalism. Proceeds from the evening support the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program.

The evening also honors annual recipients of the Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award, and the Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Journalism.


Robert Novak’s Legacy

American journalist Robert Novak provided the inspiration for this program in 1994 as a way to nurture a new generation of responsible journalists. The program was renamed in Mr. Novak’s honor following his passing in 2009. Today, the Novak Program has awarded 141 fellowships to promising young journalists who are climbing the ranks as groundbreaking reporters, editors, editorial page writers, columnists and authors.


As a young journalist, I was thrilled when I got a job as a researcher for a New York Times op-ed columnist. But I worried about finding the time and energy to do my own research, reporting and writing. A part-time Novak Journalism Fellowship provided the motivation – and resources – for me to keep working under my own byline while I labored behind the scenes at the Times.”
– Katherine Mangu-Ward (Novak 05)
Editor-in-Chief of Reason

Novak Fellows include Steve Hayes (AIPES 94, Novak 00) of The Weekly Standard and Fox News, Katherine Mangu-Ward (Novak 05) of Reason, Mollie Hemingway (Novak 04) of Fox News and The Federalist and Tim Carney (Novak 03) of the Washington Examiner. For a full list of fellowship recipients, click here.


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Novak Fellows News

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TFAS Alumnus Stephen Hayes Named Editor-in-Chief of The Weekly Standard

The Weekly Standard has named TFAS trustee and two-time alumnus, Stephen Hayes (AIPES 94, Novak 00), as its new editor-in-chief. Hayes currently serves as the publication’s senior editor, and will assume the role from Bill Kristol, who co-founded the magazine…

$75K and $35K Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships Offered by The Fund for American Studies

TFAS is searching for outstanding print and electronic journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience to apply for our 2017-18 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships. This prestigious year-long program awards $75,000 full-time fellowships and $35,000…

TFAS Awards Young Journalists $135,000 in Fellowships During Gala Evening at National Press Club

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2016 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship awards. Please see below to read the impressive biographies of these young journalists and to learn about their fellowship writing projects.…

Neal Freeman Tapped To Lead Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program

  The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) announces that businessman, political essayist and philanthropist Neal B. Freeman has been chosen to serve as chairman of the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Retired publishing entrepreneur Thomas L.…

Apply Today For The Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Program: $50K and $25K Journalism Fellowships Now Available

Only a few weeks remain to apply for the 2016 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Print and online journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience are eligible for this prestigious yearlong fellowship. Apply Now: www.TFAS.org/Novak. Applications…

22nd Annual Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner: TFAS Presents Fellowships To Young Journalists Who Will Change The Face Of Journalism  

TFAS announced seven winners of its 22nd annual Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships during a gala evening at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 13, 2015. The seven young journalists were awarded a total of $140,000 to undertake yearlong writing…

Novak Fellows Reconnect in DC For Annual Retreat

Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Novak Fellowships: www.TFAS.org/Novak More than twenty past and present Robert Novak Journalism Fellows gathered at the University Club in Washington, D.C. for their 14th annual fall retreat on Nov. 8, 2014. The annual event…

TFAS Announces 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships; Awards Six 2014 Fellowships Totaling $160,000

TFAS announced six winners of its 21st annual Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships during an awards dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 5, 2014. The six young journalists were awarded a total of $160,000 for year-long writing projects…

Featured Alumnus: Thomas Sileo

After eight years in the TV business, journalist Tom Sileo (Novak 10) decided that media coverage of day-to-day lives of U.S. military members and their families was lacking.  He started the blog Unknown Soldiers to spotlight fallen heroes from Iraq and…

TFAS Acquires the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program; Awards Seven Fellowships Totaling $185,000

The 2013 Robert Novak Fellows will spend the year writing on a topic of their choosing, focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society. Front row (l.-r.): Ian Corbin, Joy Pullmann, Tiffany Owens, Joseph Lawler. Back row (l.-r.) Tom…